Mah Assembly adjourned again over withdrawal of question

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Nagpur, Nov 29 (UNI) The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was adjourned for 20 minutes today after Minister for Revenue Narayan Rane demanded that the four Shiv Sena members who said that they had not withdrawn a question they submitted, be suspended keeping in view the pending enquiry into the matter.

Opposition members trooped into the well of the House raising slogans as soon as Mr Rane made the demand, forcing Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar to adjourn the House.

Raising the issue in the House, Mr Rane said it was necessary to suspend the members, as it was likely that they would influence the inquiry into the episode.

The House had been thrown into a turmoil, having been adjourned four times yesterday, amid an uproar over the withdrawal of a question from some the Shiv Sena members and their claim that they had not signed the letter of withdrawal.

The House was thrown into turmoil towards the end of the question hour yesterday after Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil pointed out that a question listed for the question hour on Tuesday had been withdrawn. The printed booklet had the remarks ''Question has been withdrawn'' written in hand across the question, Mr Patil pointed out. The Speaker must clarify why the question was withdrawn and who had asked it to be done, he said.

Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar said his office had received a letter signed by the four members -- Gajanan Kirtikar, Eknath Shinde, Dagdu Sapkal and Sharad Dhamale (all Shiv Sena) -- saying that the issue raised in the question had been resolved.

Mr Kirtikar was not in the House, but Mr Shinde, Mr Sapkal and Mr Dhamale said they had not signed the letter, triggering the uproar. Mr Kirtikar later issued a statement saying he had also not signed the letter.


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